This history of Japan focuses on the people, power plays and betrayals - and the occasional stuff-ups that shaped Japan. For fans of history, fans of Japan or tourists about to go for a visit - I hope you'll be entertained and informed!
Episode 35 OMG Part 2
"How did it come to this?" - This must have been the question the Christian missionaries asked themselves as Hideyoshi followed by successive Tokugawa Shoguns made life unbearable for Christians in Japan. If only we had handed over the ship...if only we'd handed over the treasure.....if only we had that Englishman beheaded.....
It would be hard to find a group of Japanese more oppressed than the Christians. But why were they especially targeted? What threat did they represent?
Episode 34: OMG Part 1
To Christian missionaries, Japan was a most attractive prospect. Literate, cultured and rich - the Jesuits arrived in Japan in the 1500s and set about a process of conversion: from the lowest peasant to the highest warlord. In Part One, we chart the rise and rise of Christianity under Nobunaga and Hideyoshi - before things turned sour.
Episode 32: Masterful Inactivity
With the destruction of the Toyotomi at Osaka in 1615, the Tokugawa clan were unrivalled in their domination of Japan. They would establish a Shogunate that would last over 200 years. But how did they change Japan from a nation perpetually at war to one of enforced peace?
Episode 31: End of the Sengoku Jidai
The Siege of Osaka Castle in the winter of 1614-15 and the final Battle for Osaka Castle in the summer of 1615 marks the final chapter in the Sengoku Jidai. After years of rivalry between the forces of the Toyotomi and the Tokugawa the final question of who would dominate Japan for the next few hundred years was decided - but not before conspiracy, cowardice, spanked bottoms and cross dressing was tried as a winning strategy! Here is a map of the events discussed in the podcast.
Episode 30: For Whom The Bell Tolls
Tokugawa Ieyasu had won the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 and set up organising Japan under his clan’s domination. However, safely ensconced in Osaka Castle was Hideyori, son of Hideyoshi; the last of the Toyotomi. Tokugawa Ieyasu knew that he would never be safe until the last of the Toyotomi claims to control of Japan were snuffed out.
And the winner is of the Size-L Oda Nobunaga t-shirt - complete with his slogan “Tenka Fubu” (The Realm Subjected to Military Power) is……………………
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ok, then good, then great
Cameron Foster,where are you? You have some podcasting to do!
The first dozen episodes were confusing; there were too many names, and not enough "personalities." I couldn't keep track of anything, but picked up enough broad concepts about ninja, puppet emperors, and warrior monks to follow along.
The storytelling gets better as Japan enters the Sengoku Jidai, the Warring States Period. Suddenly there is a plot, and the individuals seem more than just names. Maybe this is a factor of history; I've noticed other history podcasts can be a bit dull during the early, less recorded, years.
Around Episode 18, roughly, Cameron hits his stride. Nobunaga, and then Hideyoshi, are big, vivd, wonderful characters. Hideyoshi alone gets four (I think) episodes. Tokugawa Ieyasu is the last of the Big Three, but ... I only have three episodes left and Hideyoshi is still alive. And Cameron has been silent for 11 months.
Dude! You are about to enter the pantheon of great and epic podcasts!!! Where are ya at?
Late to the party
I was very late to find this podcast, which I lament, however that did mean I didn't have to wait for any episodes. Very well done. This is a podcast I can go back and binge listen to when I am gaming or need to zone out on a task.
Maddeningly infrequent. Great material, well presented. Where is episode 33?